Module 2 Outline: Introduction to the Old Testament

ICOC MTA Course Syllabus

OT101

Dec. 8-9, 2017-Feb 11, 2018                                       

Glenn Giles, PhD and Trevor Cochell, PhD  (Los Angeles School of Ministry and Missions)            

Rafael Lua (Los Angeles Church of Christ)                                      

Office Hours: By Appointment

Email: glenngiles41@comcast.net  

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is a survey of the entire Old Testament in the context of its history, geography, and culture.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Old Testament is an amazing body of literature. As an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, it is a foundational document of Western civilization.  More than a collection of stories and sayings, the Old Testament is a spiritual compass. The events of those years, when interpreted correctly, give us an accurate understanding of the hour in which we currently live and the reality of the need for prophetic voices in our day.  For Christians, studying the Old Testament is a journey into the heart of God, to the “roots” of faith, giving inspiration and direction. Israel’s story, feelings, and learning, become our own. In the end, one comes to realize that the text truly is revelation from God and of God himself.   

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to acquire a good knowledge of, and/or skills as described below:

  1. To understand the chronology, structures, and themes of the Old Testament. This includes seeing how Old Testament narratives reveal God’s hand in Israel’s history. 
  2. To recognize various literary genres of the Old Testament. This includes an awareness of the vast differences between ancient cultural forms and the modern world. 
  3. To appreciate the relationship of the Old Testament with the New Testament.  
  4. To grasp the missional value of the Old Testament and be able to preach effectively from it. 
  5. To inspire in others a passion for reading and studying the Scriptures

REQUIRED COURSE TEXTBOOKS

  1. Jacoby, Douglas. A Quick Survey of the Bible: Understanding How All the Pieces Fit Together. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7369-4424-3 (pbk), ISBN: 978-0-7369-4425-0 (eBook).
  2. Kaminski, Carol. Casket Empty: God's Plan of Redemption through History. Old Testament Reader. Casket Empty Media (2012). ISBN: 978-1-4752-8957-2.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR FURTHER STUDY

  1. Archer, Gleason L. A Survey of Old Testament Introduction. Chicago: Moody, 1994. Reprint Ed. 2007.
  2. Arnold, Bill T.; and Hess, Richard. Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014
  3. Barth, Christoph. A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.
  4. Briscoe, Thomas V. Holman Bible Atlas. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 1998.
  5. Childs, Brevard S. Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1979.
  6. Drane, John. Introduction to the Old Testament. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1987.
  7. Dumbrell, William J. The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002.
  8. Geisler, Norman. A Popular Survey of the Old Testament. 2007 edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1977.
  9. Harrison, R. K. Introduction to the Old Testament with a Comprehensive Review of Old Testament Studies and a Special Supplement on the Apocrypha. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1969. Paperback Reprint Edition. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2016.
  10. Hess, Richard. The Old Testament: A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. 
  11. Hill, Andrew; and Walton, John H. A Survey of the Old Testament. 3rd Edition.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009.
  12. Hoerth, Alfred J. Archaeology and the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.
  13. House, Paul R. Old Testament Survey. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994
  14. LaSor, William S., David A. Hubbard, and Frederic W. Bush. Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
  15. Longman III, Tremper; and Dillard, Raymond B. An Introduction to the Old Testament. Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006
  16. Rendtorff, Rolf. The Old Testament: An Introduction. Translated by John Bowden. Philadelphia, PA: 1991.
  17. Richter, Sandra L. The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008. 
  18. Vanhoozer, Kevin J., ed. Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005.

Other Supplemental Books:

  1. Arnold, Bill T. and Beyer, Bryan E., ed., Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002). 
  2. Terrien, Samuel. The Elusive Presence. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1978. 
  3. Thiele, Edwin R. The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings. New Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1983. 
  4. Walton, John H. Chronological Charts of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1978). 
  5. Wright, C. J. H. Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament. IVP, 1995. 
  6. Youngblood, Ronald . The Heart of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Reading/Attendance Log. Keep a log of your completed assigned reading in Kaminski, Jacoby, as well as log your attendance for the December 8-9 lectures and submit by midnight, February 11, 2018.  

Assigned Reading: Read all of Kaminski, Casket Empty, before the December 8 class. Read Jacoby, A Quick Survey of the Bible, chapters 1-15, by February 11, 2018. You must submit your log detailing the pages read for all of the above by midnight, February 11, 2018 to Dr. Giles (glenngiles41@comcast.net) placing “LA Reading Log” in the subject line. This is worth 20 points or 20% of your final grade.

  1. Historical Bible Time-line quiz. Complete this closed book quiz by Sunday December 17, 2017. This is a closed book multiple-choice quiz (on your honor) and email it to Dr. Giles (glenngiles41@comcast.net) placing “LA Quiz” in the subject line or snail mail it to Dr. Giles at the following address:

Dr. Glenn Giles

10041 Lee Street

Westminster, CO 80021

This quiz is worth 20% or 20 points of your final grade.

  1. Submission of 50 useful to your ministry or personal life OT Scriptures or Scripture passages. These 50 scriptures need to include at least one paradigmatic verse from each OT Book. Type them out and send them to Dr. Giles (glenngiles41@comcast.net) by midnight Sunday, January 7, 2018, placing “LA Useful Scriptures” in the subject line. This is worth 20% or 20 points of your final grade. 
  1. Four One-Page Sermon/Lesson Outlines: Students will write a one-page (single-spaced) sermon/lesson outline which you could teach or preach in your local church or Bible Talk on a verse, series of verses, chapters, a whole book, or covering the whole category (such as the Pentateuch) on each of the following categories. One sermon/lesson outline is to be done for each of the following: 

a. The Pentateuch

b. The Historical Books

c. The Prophetic Books and 

d. The Wisdom/Poetic Books.

These sermon/lessons can be on an overview of the entire category section (The Pentateuch, The Historical Books, The Prophetic Books, or The Wisdom/Poetic Books) or on a single book or portion of a book or even just on a few verses of a book in the section. The sermon should take into consideration the historical context of the day in which the sermon/lesson material was taken and there should be an application to today.  These are worth 5 points apiece for or a total of 20 points or 20% of your final grade. These Four One-Page Sermon/Lesson Outlines are to be emailed to Dr. Giles (glenngiles41@comcast.net) by midnight, Sunday, January 28 placing “LA Sermons” in the subject line.

  1. Personal delivery of one of the above Sermons/Bible Talks to a live audience. Present one of your One-Page Sermon/Lessons that you prepared in 4 above to a live audience of any type by Sunday February 11 at midnight. Then send a report of at least 250 words sharing the date, venue, audience make-up, and your own personal experience in a Word Document and email it to Dr. Giles (glenngiles41@comcast.net) by midnight February 11, 2018. This delivery to a live audience report is worth 20% or 20 points of your final grade.

COURSE GRADING

    Letter grades for OT101 are    based on the following scale:

        A      94-100

        A-    90-93

        B+    87-89

        B    86-86

        B-    80-83

        C+    77-79

        C    74-76

        C-    70-73    

        D+    67-69    

        D    64-66

        D-    60-63

        F    Failure    

COURSE OUTLINE AND ASSIGNMENT DUE DATES

  1. Pre-Class Reading: Read Kaminski, Casket Empty, before the December 8 class.
  2. December 8-9 Lecture Series in Los Angeles.

Lecture Outline for Friday December 8 (Giles):

    1. Syllabus and General Introduction to the Bible
    2. A Bird’s Eye View of the History in the Bible
    3. Genesis, Exodus, Covenant, and the Heart of God
    4. Deuteronomy, the Law, Covenant Renewal, and Loyalty (Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy)
    5. The Conquest, Theocracy, and Covenant Failure (Joshua, Judges, Ruth)
    6. Monarchy and the United Kingdom (I & II Samuel-I Ki 1-11, I Chron 1-

II Chron. 9)

    1. Divided Kingdom and Exile (I Ki. 12-II Ki, II Chron 10-36)
    2. Restoration (Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther)

Lecture Outline for Saturday, December 9:

  1. Introduction to Hebrew Poetry (Cochell)
  2. The Psalms: A Collection (Cochell)
  3. The Psalms: A Confession (Cochell)
  4. Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets (Cochell)
  5. The Prophet Isaiah (Cochell)
  6. Old Testament Wisdom: Developing Character (Cochell)
  7. Preaching from the OT (Giles)
  8. Joshua and Judges and Raising up Leaders (Lua)
  9. Historical Bible Time-line quiz. Due midnight Sunday, Dec. 17.
  10. Submission of 50 useful to your ministry or personal life OT Scriptures or Scripture passages. Due midnight Sunday, January 7, 2018.
  11. Submission of the Four One-Page Sermon/Lesson Outlines. Due midnight, Sunday, January 28
  12. Personal delivery of one of the Sermons/Bible Talks you prepared for submission (in #5 above) to a live audience. Report due by midnight February 11, 2018.
  13. Reading/Attendance Log. Due midnight February 11, 2018.